The Peaceful People: The Penan and their Fight for the Forest
The Peaceful People is the story of the Penan, the jungle nomads of Sarawak, Malaysia, on Borneo island who for decades have fought for possession and preservation of their traditional forest lands against rampant logging. Author Paul Malone provides a comprehensive account of Penan society and culture, the politics of logging and the struggle of indigenous communities. More
The Peaceful People is the story of the Penan, the jungle nomads of Sarawak, Malaysia, on Borneo island who for decades have fought for possession and preservation of their traditional forest lands. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, as well as the diaries and journals of explorers, botanists and colonial administrators, and the observations of missionaries, Paul Malone provides the most comprehensive account of the dynamics of Penan society to date. Written in a compelling and accessible style, the narrative tells the shocking history of the Penan, exposing massacres and murders, while recounting the nomads’ uniquely shy and peaceful way of life. In particular, the analysis focuses on the Penan’s consistently non-violent modern-day protests against rampant logging which attracted world attention from the 1980s till today.
The Peaceful People is essential reading for those interested in the history and culture of Borneo, environmental politics, the politics of logging and development, and the lives communities.of indigenous peoples and The author Paul Malone is an Australian journalist with thirty years’ experience, having worked for The Sydney Morning Herald , The Age , The Australian Financial Review and The Canberra Times . He currently writes a weekly column for The Canberra Times . He first visited Borneo in 1974, and started work on this book in 2007 when he wrote a series of articles on the Penan’s logging road blockades which continue to this day.This is the ebook edition of a print book that continues to find new readers interested in Borneo and indigenous people's struggles.
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